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Bikes to be blessed at St. Mary Cathedral
Deacon Tom Gornick blesses bicycles outside St. Mary Cathedral.
Deacon Tom Gornick blesses bicycles outside St. Mary Cathedral.

Rain or shine, St. Mary Cathedral Parish and the Archdiocese of Portland’s Department of Evangelization will hold the seventh annual Blessing of the Bikes at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 8, in the courtyard of the cathedral. The parish, at the corner of NW 18th and Couch, is bordered by bike lanes.

“Portland is a platinum cycling city. Cyclists and cycling make many significant contributions to our community. Cyclists are represented in all parts of our community; they are members of the parish and staff; they attend our services,” says Deacon Thomas Gornick, director of evangelization and member of the Cathedral, “We invite everyone to bring their bikes and celebrate the many miles ridden each day. We are especially grateful for another year without a fatality."

The Portland Bike Blessing has been held each June since 2008 with cyclists coming from around the metro area. The gatherings have included members of the family of cyclists who died the previous year, City of Portland Office of Transportation, leaders from the cycling community and officers from the Portland Bureau of Police. The blessing brings together first timers, people of faith and no faith.

On October 13, 1949, Pope Pius XII formally named Our Lady of Ghisallo as the patroness of cyclists.  The chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Ghisallo is located at the top of a steep hill in the Lake Como region of Italy.  An eternal flame burns at the chapel in memory of those cyclists who have died.

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